Tag:Florida Marlins
Posted on: October 3, 2008 11:54 am
Edited on: October 3, 2008 5:46 pm

Odds and Ends: Lowe, Redmond, Timlin

Linkage for Friday...

Posted on: October 1, 2008 1:06 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2008 5:39 pm

Odds and Ends: LaCava, Colletti, Andruw

Links for Wednesday...

Posted on: September 29, 2008 8:03 pm

Marlins Release Sergio Mitre

According to the AP, the Marlins released righty Sergio Mitre today.  He would've been a non-tender candidate later in the year anyway.  Mitre had Tommy John surgery in July, so he'll miss at least half of the '09 season.  Mitre, 27, can be a decent back-rotation starter when healthy given his strong groundball rate.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 25, 2008 11:21 am
Edited on: September 25, 2008 6:23 pm

Odds and Ends: Patterson, Lowry, Alvarez

Today's linkage...

Posted on: September 24, 2008 10:50 am

Will Marlins Trade Hermida?

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post spoke to Marlins right fielder Jeremy Hermida yesterday.  Hermida knows the Marlins will be active this winter, and he could be on the trading block again.

Hermida will turn 25 in January.  With three-plus years of service time under his belt, he'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time.  Instead of $400K, Hermida will earn perhaps $2-4MM in 2009.  Trade rumors first surfaced this summer, when Hermida nearly became a Pirate in a three-team Manny Ramirez/Jason Bay deal.

2007 was a very promising year for Hermida - he hit .338/.403/.559 over the season's final three months.  An MVP-caliber 2008 seemed possible.  Instead, Hermida struggled to a .245/.319/.405 line in a career-high 550 plate appearances.  He's been particularly bad since August.  Defensively, he's been slightly above average.

Trading Hermida now will be selling low, but the Marlins could save a few million.  Still, three years of Hermida won't come cheap.  Tossing out a few possible suitors:  the Mariners, Nationals, Mets, and Braves.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2008 2:20 pm

Gregg Expects A Trade

Marlins reliever Kevin Gregg has recovered from knee tendinitis, but he's still not getting his closer job back from Matt Lindstrom as promised.  Gregg sees this as a sign he'll be traded this winter, and many writers have speculated the same.

Gregg, 30, has a 3.66 ERA in 64 innings this year.  He saved 61 games for the Marlins over the past two seasons despite shaky control (4.56 walks per nine innings).  He's throwing harder than ever this year (93.2 mph on average).  Gregg will receive a raise upon his $2.5MM salary via arbitration this winter.  After '09 he'll be a free agent.

Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes are the top free agents with a closer pedigree.  Brandon Lyon and Eddie Guardado are other possibilities.  Gregg may join Huston Street on the trade market.  The Indians intend to add a closer, while the Tigers, Mets, and Cardinals could also be in the market.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 10, 2008 1:01 am

Molony's Latest: K-Rod, Helms, Valverde

Let's dig into the latest blog post from MLB.com's Jim Molony.

  • Molony believes the Mets, Cardinals, Rays, Tigers, Indians, and Cubs are considering signing Francisco Rodriguez this winter.  I think K-Rod's demands could cause a nice ripple effect for Brian Fuentes, the second-best closer on the market.  Regarding Molony's six teams, a strong case can be made against several of them signing Rodriguez.  The Rays and Indians will probably take a careful approach to free agency, while the Tigers may not have room in the budget.  The Cubs seem likely to bring Kerry Wood back.
  • Also on the topic of K-Rod, ESPN's Andrew Marchand (via MetsBlog) quotes the pitcher's agent naming the Cardinals, Tigers, Dodgers, Angels, and Mets as the five likely serious suitors.  They're looking for 5/75.
  • Wes Helms would like to return to the Marlins next year.  Molony believes the Marlins may want to retain Helms or Luis Gonzalez but perhaps not both.
  • The Astros would prefer an extension for closer Jose Valverde rather than a likely eight figure arbitration reward.  Valverde, 29, could reasonably demand more than $50MM in a multiyear extension.
Posted on: September 5, 2008 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2008 10:58 pm

Odds and Ends: Bass, Astros, Beltre, Marlins

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